I receive the regular email updates from the EWG and I always enjoy checking out their newest research and development. This year they are working on compiling a database of chemical cleaners that are super toxic and why. This guide will help the public know which cleaners are the most hazardous so that we can keep them out of our homes. I am so glad that they’ve given us an early release of their database (official release date is fall 2012)! Below I will include the link so that you can download the Official Sneak Peak of the Cleaners Hall of Shame Guide! It’s colourful and easy to read too.
It’s important to me to be cautious of what I’m eating and absorbing through my skin, and I find myself pretty careful about which cleaners I buy, but maybe I should take a second look! About a month ago I fully got rid of fragrances, fabreeze and scented candles because of the chemical that has hormone altering properties (endocrine disruptors). We have an escarpment of nasty chemicals right now in our homes, under the sink, in our laundry rooms and in our cabinets. This guide is a handy resource and you can download it for free!
Here are some shameful facts that they outline in the guide, including pictures and lists of products that are worst offenders: Green Washing, Banned Abroad, Drain Cleaners that can Burn and Blind, Oven Cleaners that Omit Toxic Fumes, Mystery Mixers, Fatal if Inhaled, Fatal if Swallowed, High Hazard Ingredients, Combating Static with Toxic Chemicals, Spray Cleaners with Asthma Causing Ingredients, 100+ Hidden Chemicals, Undisclosed Chemicals in the Air, Dead Zone Detergents.
I really like that they offer a bright side and give us a “Green Tip” after each section to help us! I hope that this resource can make your home greener and cleaner too! Feel free to include your feedback below in the comments section.
There are 87+ chemicals in Febreze Air Effects, listed in order of their toxicity to humans (Sourced directly from: The Sustainable Baby Steps Website)